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Native Americans Advocate For Educational Reform, Protection Of Sacred Sites In Legislature

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While lawmakers are meeting in Carson City, they have to debate issues that could affect every corner of the state – including Native Americans living on and off reservations.

Native voters and organizers are making themselves heard, too. There’s a long list of bills that specifically apply to tribal communities and plenty of others that could impact tribal communities in Nevada.

One of the issues lawmakers are considering is whether to protect the Swamp Cedars, which is a Western Shoshone sacred site located in White Pine County.

Another is AB103, which would change the regulations around the excavation of prehistoric Indian burial sites.

Correction: Assembly Joint Resolution 4, which calls on the federal government to expand protections for the Swamp Cedars cultural site, has been amended to request the area either be designated as a National Monument or included within Great Basin National Park

Delaine Spilsbury, elder, Ely Shoshone Tribe;  Teresa Melendez, Nevada Native Vote Project;  Stacey Montooth, Executive Director, Nevada Indian Commission;  Marla McDade Williams, Lobbyist for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

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Bert is a reporter and producer based in Reno, where he covers the state legislature and stories that resonate across Nevada. He began his career in journalism after studying abroad during the summer of 2011 in Egypt, during the Arab Spring. Before he joined Nevada Public Radio and Capital Public Radio, Bert was a contributor at KQED and the Sacramento News & Review. He was also a photographer, video editor and digital producer at the East Bay Express.